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When Manesh was young, his father died; he was raised by his mother, from whom he feels he got his strength to make it in show business.
He went to the United States in the mid-70s, joined the Persian Theater Group, and traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe for eight years.
Manesh has appeared in recurring roles on the television shows Will & Grace, Scrubs, Andy Barker, P.I., Hot in Cleveland, Boston Legal, and, most notably, How I Met Your Mother, where he played the Bangladeshi taxi driver Ranjit.
He has also guest starred on many shows, including Burn Notice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Joey, Persons Unknown, The X-Files, Scrubs, ER, JAG, NYPD Blue, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life and Prison Break.
Manesh has acted in several movies, including True Lies, Stealing Harvard, The Big Lebowski, Kazaam, The Poseidon Adventure, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, and the Vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
He served as a judge at the 6th annual Noor Iranian Film Festival.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) - Sri Sumbhajee
- All American Christmas Carol (2013) - Car Salesman
- Shirin in Love (2014) - Nader
- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) - Hossein 'The Junkie'
- Tiger (2018) - Kulwant
- "Gaststar - Vorstellung - Marshall Manesh spielt Ranjit". Prosieben (in German). 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- Squires, John (20 March 2015). "Today on VOD: Backcountry, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Spring and Zombeavers". Dread Central. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
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